Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are
common in children, especially during their first year. About 8 out of 100
girls and about 2 out of 100 boys will have a UTI as a child.1
UTIs are more common in boys who are not
circumcised than in
circumcised boys. During the first year of life, boys
are at higher risk for UTIs than girls. After the first year, UTIs become more
common in girls than in boys. This trend continues throughout childhood and
most of adulthood.
Infants and young children often get another
UTI in the months after their first one. Recurrent infections usually happen
within the same year as the first UTI.
CitationsLum GM (2011). Urinary tract infections section of Kidney and urinary tract. In WW Hay Jr et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment: Pediatrics, 20th ed., pp. 693–695. New York: McGraw-Hill.
March 10, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology
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